Take A Stroll Down History Lane With The Landmark Partridge Inn and the Annual Summerville Tour of Homes
Posted: Friday, October 3, 2008 8:55 am
Augusta, GA (October 1, 2008) – Augusta’s favorite hilltop hotel and neighborhood will be holding its 31st annual Summerville Tour of Homes October 18-19, 2008. The beloved tour takes guests into Augusta’s most meticulously restored homes through the historic Summerville neighborhood. The social center of this vibrant neighborhood and the city itself since 1890s, The Partridge Inn, will serve as Headquarters, Host Hotel and will also be holding a home, garden and arts expo.
The Partridge Inn is offering special room and ticket packages for this popular tour. Overnight packages at The Partridge Inn start at $169 per night and include a stay in a deluxe guestroom, two Tour Tickets, a $10 Dining Certificate for dinner, and continental breakfast for two (or apply price to the hotel’s award-winning Sunday Brunch).
“The 31st year marks quite a milestone for the Summerville tour of homes. Every year the tour grows into more of a success. We have one of our largest line-ups with 10 homes on the tour and are excited to have more for our guests to tour,” says Tour Chairman Stefanie Reed.
Advance tickets for the tour are $20.00 each until October 1, 2008. This year due to high demand the tour is limited to 3,000 tickets. For ticket information or to order online visit the Summerville Tour of Homes website, at http://www.summervilleaugusta.com/. If there are any extra tickets they will be sold at the tours headquarters, The Partridge Inn for $30.00 each during the Tour weekend.
The neighborhood of Summerville has one of the most extensive collections of historic residences in Georgia. Some of the earliest dwellings date back to the 19th early 20th century. The homes have been restored and exquisitely decorated since then and presently provide a true showcase of Southern charm and architecture from Augusta’s Golden Age.
The neighborhood was listed as a historic district on the Georgia Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. This year’s tour will feature ten of Augusta’s most architecturally distinctive and historically significant homes. The history, as well as incredible design and renovation ideas, makes each home on the tour a must-see.
The Summerville Neighborhood began as a retreat from the humidity, heat, and malaria producing mosquitoes that the summer season brought to Georgia. The people of Augusta ventured up to what was then a small village on top of sand hills; the area caught the breeze coming from the west and served as a refreshing summer getaway for many Augustans through the years. They built summer homes and hotels on top of the hill—The Partridge Inn and Bon Air Hotel were two such havens. Consequently, the name “Summerville” emerged, and by the 1850’s, residents had adopted Summerville as their permanent residence.
Over the decades, the Partridge Inn has been the setting for Augusta’s high society events such as parties, weddings, and dinners. In 1923, the hotel’s magnificent ballroom was the site of a dinner for President Warren Harding, an event the Augusta Chronicle described as “the grandest in the history of the city.”
In its long, colorful history, the Partridge Inn has evolved with Augusta, capturing the past the many photographs line the walls of the lobby, hallways, the restaurant, and the lounge. Nostalgic Images of baseball legend Ty Cobb and golfing marvel Bobby Jones sit alongside present day luminaries such as singers Bob Dylan, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and professional duffer and golf analyst Curtis Strange illustrating the Inn’s continued appeal.
Augusta, Georgia, lies approximately 150 miles east of Atlanta along the banks of the Savannah River and is easily accessible to most of the Southeast via its prime location on Interstate 20. The City is becoming a magnet for tourism with its world spotlight on golf and the added bonus of plenty to do. Everyone can Play Augusta, GA by choosing from myriad of arts and cultural attractions, historical sites galore, outdoor recreation, unique shopping and antiquing opportunities, and authentic southern dining experiences. More than 20 new restaurants and shops opened downtown in the last year – and thanks to the world renowned golfing event there are an abundance of accommodations.
For more information or reservations at The Partridge Inn, please call 1.706.737.8888 locally or 1.800.476.6888 toll-free. Group reservations are also available by contacting the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau at 706.823.6600 or www.augusta.org.
For information on accommodations, attractions and events, visit http://www.summervilleaugusta.com/.